Adult Case Management
The Adult Case Management program coordinates a range of community integration services and supports to help adults with developmental disabilities, many of whom live alone, to achieve and maintain personal independence.
CLASS offers an alternative to institutionalization for individuals with disabilities who need attendant care by helping them access the resources they need to live and work as independently as possible in the community.
CLASS case managers help obtain personal assistance with daily activities, personal skills training, physical, occupational, speech and specialized therapies, adaptive aids, minor home modifications, and respite care.
Eligibility for CLASS is assessed individually.
If interested, call 877.438.5658 to request that your name be put on the Texas statewide interest list.
Juvenile Justice Services
Juvenile Justice Services works directly with the local education system to provide case management, advocacy, and support to juveniles ages 11-17 who are diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability and are involved in, or are at risk of becoming involved in, the criminal justice system.
These students are often victims of peer pressure and bullying. Their behaviors and actions are often misunderstood due to their disabilities. They may not understand that stealing is wrong or that hitting hurts. They may be attracted to gangs, who offer them a peer group they have never experienced. When left to continue these actions, they are at risk of getting involved in more severe behavior that can eventually lead to arrest.
The Arc of the Capital Area believes that a community-based prevention program that meets the needs of Austin’s at-risk youth with developmental disabilities is essential. The goal of the program is to reduce or prevent recidivism in criminal matters and to provide necessary support for at-risk youth to remain in school, reach graduation, and gain successful employment. We take action by providing education within the home and help locating community support.
For those who have already become involved in the system, we help them meet the terms of their probation and avoid any further criminal activities. In addition, The Arc of the Capital Area provides advocacy by accompanying families to court to ensure that the families understand the proceedings and to educate the court on how the child’s disability may have played a part in the behavior relating to the charges.
Our goal is to reduce the number of troubled youth in the Central Texas juvenile justice system as well as to reduce the extremely high dropout rate for teenagers with developmental disabilities.
Alternatives to Guardianship
As defined by the Texas Probate Code, guardianship is a legal process used to provide protection for adults who are incapacitated. The Probate Code defines an incapacitated person as: “An adult individual who, because of a physical or mental condition, is substantially unable to provide food, clothing, or shelter to himself or herself, to care for the individual’s own physical health, or to manage the individual’s own financial affairs.” The Arc of the Capital Area, along with The Arc of Texas and The Arc of the United States, believe that the majority of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) can manage their own affairs with informal assistance and guidance and do not need a guardian. People with IDD can be supported in many ways to make their own decisions without taking away their rights through a guardianship. Learn more about alternatives to guardianship by reading the documents below. Each of the documents is provided in three formats: For Families, For Self-Advocates, and For Self-Advocates with Dyslexia. In addition, each of these documents are available in English and Spanish.
Cited by The Arc of Texas
Want more information on alternatives to guardianship?
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- Person with disability must be 18 on or before MAY 18th, 2020
- Person with disability must live in Travis County
- Person applying for guardianship must fall under 200% FPL (total household gross income: check this link https://www.safetyweb.org/fpl.php
- Cost: $200.00 program fee
First FREE session is OCT 7th from 6-8pm @ The Arc: Alternatives to Guardianship plus pro bono attorney present for questions.
While most adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can manage their personal and financial affairs with informal assistance and guidance from family and friends, others need legal protection. Cost prevents most low-income families from obtaining the legal counsel they need to establish guardianship of their child once they reach adulthood.
Without guardianship, individuals with disabilities could be left financially, medically, and legally responsible for actions they may not understand or intend to happen. For instance, such individuals may be persuaded to sign a lease on a car or home without fully understanding the consequences or financial obligation. Decision-making ability regarding medical care may also be impossible for some people with disabilities. Without a legal guardian, they are often vulnerable to inadequate or misdirected medical procedures. For example, a parent may be restricted from making decisions pertaining to the medical needs of their loved one with a disability once they reach age 18.
With support from the Travis County Probate Court and local attorneys providing pro bono assistance, The Arc of the Capital Area staff assists families in completing court-required documents while coordinating and attending meetings between prospective guardians, pro bono attorneys, and the bonding company. Prospective guardians participate in a series of workshops led by The Arc and legal experts to educate them on guardianship requirements in preparation for their court appearances.
Do I qualify?
Clients must have a developmental disability or a child with a developmental disability and reside in Travis County.
Note: We are currently working to expand our Guardianship program to include Williamson county, but do not serve individuals outside of Travis County at this time. For guardianship services in Williamson County, contact Sharrion Threadgill, Williamson County Probate Court Coordinator, at 512.943.1681.
Is there a charge?
Please call The Arc of the Capital Area at 512. 476.7044 for income eligibility standards and related fees.
When should I start thinking about guardianship support?
It is recommended that people/parents desiring to obtain guardianship begin researching the requirements near the child’s 16th birthday. Early preparation helps potential guardians as they enter the process. The Arc of the Capital Area’s guardianship services are available when the child is 18 years of age or older.
How do I get on the waiting list?
Persons who are interested in participating in The Arc of the Capital Area’s Guardianship program should contact The Arc of the Capital Area at 512. 476.7044.
What happens after I am placed on the waiting list?
Each year, applicants are invited to participate based on the order of the interest list and the potential ward’s birth date. At this time, applicants are asked to submit proof of household income in order to determine program eligibility. Participants are given a schedule of monthly workshops to be held in preparation for their guardianship hearings.